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Foraging and Flocking Behavior

In this laboratory exercise, the following issues are examined: 1) why neither predators nor prey go extinct when there is a long period of nonrenewal of the prey population 2) the effects of habitat on foraging speed 3) the advantages foragers can gain from experience in foraging 4) the advantage of exclusive use of an area for foragers 5) the effects of food density on foraging speed 6) the advantages of camouflage for prey 7) the effect of experience in forming search images for one out of several types of prey and 8) the advantages of foraging in mixed species flocks for avoiding predation.
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords habitat structure; vegetation density; food color; food preference; predator; foraging behavior; territoriality; flocking; predator-prey dynamic
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Pedagogical Use Description In this laboratory exercise, students will understand how the environmental variables of habitat structure, vegetation density and food color interact to affect short term behavioral decisions that animals make during their daily search for food; understand how habitat structure affects the ease of finding food and the avoidance of predators; understand how predator attributes such as food preference, experience, territoriality, and flocking influence food-seeking behavior; learn to graph and interpret experimental data.
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Full Name of Primary Author Christopher Smith
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Primary Author Affiliation Kansas State University
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 2002-02-06
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2010-02-16 01:48:34
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Date Last Modified 2012-07-18 13:19:21
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